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ZTE Grand Memo could be the first to use the Snapdragon 800 CPU after all

ZTE has apparently confirmed that it will launch multiple Grand Memo versions, with one of them packing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 flagship processor.
March 3, 2013
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The ZTE Grand Memo, a new 5.7-inch Android handset unveiled at MWC a few days ago, happens to take the grand scandal title for this year’s edition of the popular Spanish show.

In case you missed it, ZTE announced that the Grand Memo would be the first handset in the world to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Why is that important? Because no flagship device from any of the main Android makers out there will equip that particular processor, which happens to be the top of the line Qualcomm SoC for this year.

Devices like the HTC One and the LG Optimus G Pro pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU and even the Galaxy S4 is said to use the same processor, at least in some versions.

That’s why having ZTE say the Grand Memo would use a Snapdragon 800 processor was a very important, and unexpected, revelation.

However, things turned sour when it was discovered that the Grand Memo would not come with the Snapdragon 800, not even the Snapdragon 600, as ZTE claimed later on, but with a Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU.

But now we hear that ZTE may indeed launch multiple Grand Memo versions which will not be completely similar. Some of them may indeed pack a Snapdragon 800 SoC, which could make the Grand Memo the first device in the world to use Qualcomm’s top of the line mobile processor – unless someone beats ZTE to the punch.

ZTE is yet to tell us what Grand Memo versions will come with the flagship Qualcomm CPU on board and when that will happen, although considering that the Snapdragon 800 is only expected to hit OEMs in the second half of the year, you may be in for quite a wait. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor is also in the cards for certain Grand Memo models. Moreover, some of these devices will come with 1GB of RAM, while others will have 2GB under the hood.

While we wait for the first Grand Memo versions to hit stores, ZTE has plenty of time to make sure such PR disasters don’t occur in the future. After all, this whole mess could have been avoided before becoming the MWC 2013 scandal.

Will you buy the Grand Memo this year? Are you ready to wait a while for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 model?